Thanks bunch, that’s a much better explanation than the very poorly written article in the link above!This Hull fan texting thing is part of the locking down of copyright of everything to do with modern professional football.
I guess this Comsec company are agents of someone like Opta that gathers detailed stats on EFL games. They no doubt pay a licence fee to the EFL to be able to do this exclusively and then sell these stats to media or the playing clubs themselves.
I guess their "inspectors" say a guy tapping into his phone to much and suspected he was gathering match data.
Its staggering that they would try and do it like this. Surely they should monitor uses of match stats and determine from that whether those came from the licenced source.
I guess this is only an issue in the EFL because in the PL every game is broadcast live so anyone want to gather match stats for immediate use they can just watch the broadcast.
It is another giant shit on the head of the fan in the stadium. I know there are fans that do like to gather some stats whilst they watch games, just like collecting programmes, so can tney not do that now. What about photos or videos? You see people taking shots or vids on their phones. I guess this is in breach of copyright too.
Personally I prefer people not texting during a game … but I have done it myself, usually at half time, if its connected with the game as it appears the Hull fan was doing. When you know someone who is watching it on TV then sometimes you want to know what the TV replays showed as you don’t get to see all of these when you’re in the ground.
This brings up another major difference in the modern game though. I watched a recording of the Sunday Supplement the other night and Martin Samuel was on it talking about VAR and how fans inside a ground are not being told the reason why something was disallowed or re-taken etc.
And he said how these days, the fans inside the stadium are now the least informed people - when at one time they were the most informed.
Before live TV games, anyone who had been at a game was seen as the authority on how a match went and who had played well etc. Now you can leave the ground and go home or to the pub afterwards … and everyone who saw it on TV knows what happened better than you do. They’re now the ones telling you what happened when you’re the one who travelled to a game and paid for a bloody ticket